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Etsy Alchemy — Need Some Elves?

Etsy Alchemy — Need Some Elves? It’s too late for these elves to help you with Christmas. But did you know that Etsy has a service called Alchemy that can expand your creative output? With Alchemy, you dream up an item you want made. You enter a description, your ideal price, and your deadline. Then wizards from Etsy’s artistic community bid on creating your project. You award the project to the […] Read more »

Inspired by Children — Challenge # 21

Inspired by Children — Challenge # 21 Sometimes colorful design inspiration is right in front of you. Like at your kid’s elementary school, for example. Seriously, have you seen some of the art projects that come out of fourth grade? Simple. Colorful. Whipped out with fearless abandon. Or the cooperative creations auctioned off for school fundraisers? Splashy quilts of scanned watercolors, storage chests bedecked in original hand-painted tiles. Yummy. Children are amazing, […] Read more »

Makeover — Embellished Glass Plates

Makeover — Embellished Glass Plates by Diana Durkes Today we beautify a thrift-store find with our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. — For last month’s makeover, I used a thrift shop resource to turn old sweaters into a throw rug. This month, I thought I’d continue the idea of giving new […] Read more »

Designers Coffeehouse — Weekend Warriors

Designers Coffeehouse — Weekend Warriors We’re back in the virtual café chatting with, and getting guidance from some of our interior designer-friends. Today we talk with: Linda H. Bassert, of Masterworks Window Fashions & Design in Fairfax, Virginia Barbara Miller, of Barbara Miller Design in West Linn, Oregon Linda Merrill, of Chameleon Interiors in Duxbury, Massachusetts Kerry Ann Dame, of Posh Living in Surfside Beach, South Carolina HomeWorkshop: A homeowner […] Read more »

Stress Less and Decorate for Winter

Stress Less and Decorate for Winter by GraceAnn Simoni Today let’s simplify a bit with Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares with us budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — If you’re like me and discovered that you are behind in the Holiday decorating and are starting to think, ‘Why bother for only a couple […] Read more »

Words as Art

Words as Art I hope you are all spending some quality time relaxing and enjoying your loved ones on this Thanksgiving Day. Here’s a creative activity you might try — a little fun with words! In celebration of Thanksgiving I jotted down a few things I am thankful for: Today is Thanksgiving, the day we think about what we are thankful for. I am thankful for my family, […] Read more »

Penny Mosaic Abraham Lincoln

Penny Mosaic Abraham Lincoln Over the weekend an astonishing thing happened. Matt Groener of Oregon entered our Let’s Make Cents Challenge. His entry was a little late. About two and a half months late if we’re counting. But he could care less about the prize and I am thrilled by his entry. You’ll recall that for the Challenge inspired by the Standard Grill’s penny-mosaic floor, I made a nice […] Read more »

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug by Diana Durkes Today let’s work some DIY magic with our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. — Not that anybody asked me, but in my opinion, crafters are geniuses. They take often overlooked bits of things, parts big and small, and put them together in the […] Read more »

Challenges Update — Dig in for Some Fun

Challenges Update — Dig in for Some Fun Hungry for creative amusement, Design Junkies? Some juicy Challenges are ongoing and good news—these are all easy as pie.   Prize Challenges Paint a graphic pattern on your pumpkin(s), snap a photo and share it with us. A random entrant will win a $30 Michael’s Gift Card (and who couldn’t use one of those about now?) You can get some great inspiration over at Angelo […] Read more »

Step Up the Impact with Tile

Step Up the Impact with Tile One way to add graphic punch and sparkle to a space is by creating simple grid and block patterns in glass tile, like these in bathrooms by designer Valerie Borden of Chimera Interior Design. Recently, Valerie and I discussed how she developed the designs and how you might get a similar impact in your space. HomeWorkshop (HW): What inspired the tile colors and design in […] Read more »

Ta Da! Challenge # 15 Results

Ta Da! Challenge # 15 Results Daring Decor Since Nancy from Redondo Beach, CA was comfortable sharing with us how she stepped out of her design comfort zone, she wins the Daring Decor Challenge! Simple as that. Her “fauxaic” table was colorful and creative, and I adored how she involved the kids in the project. Here’s Nancy’s photo and her table story: “This is what we fondly refer to as our […] Read more »

Patterned Pumpkins — Challenge # 19

Patterned Pumpkins — Challenge # 19 How about we try something different with a pumpkin? I went for some graphic ‘pop’ with patterns, and my nine-year old joined in the fun. We thumbed through my decorative sourcebooks (especially the Art Deco) for inspiration. Then we sketched a few quick ideas on a notepad. The pumpkin patterns are simply painted in cream-colored, acrylic craft paint. The two small pumpkins that she whipped […] Read more »

Wallpaper Projects — Books

Wallpaper Projects — Books Wallpaper is back; we’ve talked about that in other posts. Clean, contemporary patterns and throwback designs are popping up in spaces of the style-savvy everywhere. But with the gorgeous array of papers available today, you can spice up more than your walls. That’s what Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith show us with their lively and fun DIY’s in Wallpaper Projects, More Than 50 Craft and […] Read more »

Makeover — Yard Sale Mirror Two Ways

Makeover — Yard Sale Mirror Two Ways by Diana Durkes Get your DIY on as our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes joins us again today. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. I was excited to find this framed mirror at a yard sale last weekend. The square shape was friendly, though its industrial grey paint color gave a mixed […] Read more »

A New Breed of Fabric Designer

A New Breed of Fabric Designer A Conversation with Liz Scott Our posts about fabric design are in demand with the Design Junkies. And we received great feedback about Liz Scott’s designs in the piece showcasing her chair makeover. You’ll recall that Liz prints her original designs through Spoonflower, and sells her fabric at her Etsy shop, Wonderfluff. I got with Liz recently to learn more about her, and the inspiration […] Read more »

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